President Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder have developed the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in hopes of having a Democratic voice in the redistricting post-election.
After years of claiming a need for reform within redistricting while Democratic midterm voter turnout remains low, Obama and Holder are hoping this group, which features Democratic Governors Association Executive Director Elisabeth Pearson as president and House Majority PAC Executive Director Ali Lapp as vice president, will allow Democrats to make a bigger impact in the conversation.
“American voters deserve fair maps that represent our diverse communities — and we need a coordinated strategy to make that happen,” Holder said to Politico. “This unprecedented new effort will ensure Democrats have a seat at the table to create fairer maps after 2020.”
With Republican nominee Donald Trump claiming the election is “rigged” in Democratic favor, which was immediately proven to be statistically untrue, the necessity for a group focused on Democratic interests is clear. Obama countered Trump’s statement saying there is “no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America’s elections.”
Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day. Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2016
Several Republican governors and other state-level politicians have disagreed with Trump as well saying there is no corruption at all within their voting systems.
“I have spent the last 24 years of my professional career working in the field of elections and election administration, and I think that remarks like that made by any candidate are irresponsible because it really starts to undermine people’s confidence in the election process,” Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said to ABC News.
While Trump’s claims are untrue, there are still problems within the system that this group hopes to combat, particularly Republican gerrymandering that is a result of Republicans winning more and more governor and state house elections due to the low voter turnout of the midterm elections.
The group will begin hiring in December 2016 while still depending on the House Majority PAC and Democratic Governors Association for help in getting started.